Last Train Home (Lostprophets song)

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"Last Train Home"
Last train cd1.jpg
Single by Lostprophets
from the album Start Something
Released 26 January 2004
Format CD, vinyl
Genre
Length 4:35 (album version)
4:04 (radio edit)
Label Columbia, Visible Noise
Writer(s) Mike Chiplin, Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Ian Watkins
Producer(s) Eric Valentine
Lostprophets singles chronology
"Burn Burn"
(2003)
"Last Train Home"
(2004)
"Wake Up (Make a Move)"
(2004)

"Last Train Home" is the second single from Start Something, the second album by the Welsh rock band Lostprophets. This single is the band's joint highest charting in the UK to date, tied with "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)". It remains their most successful in the United States.[citation needed] "Last Train Home" was released to radio on 2 December 2003.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

"Last Train Home" was released in the spring of 2004 and became the most successful song from Start Something on the rock charts and arguably the band's most recognizable and popular song. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and number ten on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Last Train Home" is the second Lostprophets single to ever chart in the U.S., the first one being "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". The song won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Johnny Loftus of Allmusic said "'Last Train Home' was an absolute masterpiece of pop single mixing board surgery, flawlessly, brazenly binding the properties of three of California's most marketable acts into one monster of an alternative rock anthem, sung by a bunch of immaculately T-shirted dudes from Pontypridd. Beginning with an instrumental run through its unstoppable chorus, the song drifted into faraway echoes of piano as vocalist Ian Watkins emoted vaguely meaningful lyrics like 'Love was once apart / But now it's disappeared.'"[1]

Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone said "Last Train Home" is "one of the catchiest hard-rock songs to hit the radio in the past three years. Singer Ian Watkins has Mike Patton's croon/scream down cold, and his group deftly applies FNM's anything-goes approach: equal parts thrash riffs, symphonic keyboards and moody jazz intervals."[2]

The music video was directed by Brian Scott Weber, and was shot in various Downtown Los Angeles locations in November 2003. In the video, Ian Watkins wears the Pittsburgh Strikers T-shirt (an amateur football club in Western Pennsylvania).

"Last Train Home" was also the song which introduced Geoff Rickly to Lostprophets.

Track listing[edit]

CD1
No. Title Length
1. "Last Train Home" (radio edit) 4:04
2. "Cry Me a River" (BBC Radio One session) (Justin Timberlake cover) 5:00
CD2
No. Title Length
1. "Last Train Home" (radio edit) 4:04
2. "Last Train Home" (demo) 4:40
3. "The Politics of Emotion" (demo) 3:22
EP Version
No. Title Length
1. "Last Train Home" (radio edit) 4:04
2. "The Politics of Emotion" (demo) 3:22
3. "Cry Me a River" (BBC Radio One session) (Justin Timberlake cover) 5:00
4. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" (acoustic) 3:04
5. "Last Train Home" (demo) 4:10
Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Last Train Home" (radio edit) 4:04
2. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" (acoustic) 3:04

Personnel[edit]

Additional group vocals

On "Last Train Home"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 68
German Singles Chart 48
UK Singles Chart 8
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot 100 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AllMusicGuide review
  2. ^ a b "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ "Top Ten Nu-Metal Bands – Staff Top 10". stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"The Reason" by Hoobastank
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
24 April 2004
Succeeded by
"Lovesong" by 311